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The Lord, our Hallel

Posted by Pastor Dave Johnson on October 9, 2021

The Lord of our HALLEL is our God, who was, is, and ever shall be our praiseworthy ONE. When combining the Hebrew word Halleh to the Hebrew name Jah, or Yahweh, we are now blessed with the word HALLEUJAH, “Praise unto our Lord.” Giving praise unto our Lord is a most important spiritual expression saturated in Scripture, beginning in Genesis: “Now I will praise the Lord” (29:35), and continuing through Revelation: “And a voice came out of the throne, saying Praise our God all ye his servants” (19:5). Here’s the glorious truth regarding praise: the Lord “inhabitest the praises of Israel” (Psalm 22:3); HE LIVES IN PRAISE, and so can we. Our praise can be directed to the ONE who lives and with that life, GIVES LIFE. When HIS praise fills our hearts and souls, spiritual life from God fills us. You see, “Praise waiteth for thee, O God, in Sion” (Psalm 65:1). That means that our praise is waiting FOR THE GOD OF OUR HALLEL. May it then be given unto him, and may the living presence our praiseworthy God fill our hearts.

The heart-beat of praise comes from the Lord of our HALLEL: He instills that joyous experience and expression of praise when the receptive heart longs to dwell in his presence. Isaiah encourages us to “Shout (Hebrew: Shaback, “praise”) for joy, oh INHABITANT of Zion, for great in your MIDST is the Holy One of Israel” (12:6). Oh, be in his midst, long to be in His presence with praise. When the Lord is near, his praise is ever so near: “I will bless (Hebrew: Barak, “praise”) the Lord at all times, his praise shall be continually be in my mouth” (Psalm 34:1). But how, exactly how does a holy God bring us as tainted sinners to the place of praise, enjoying the presence of our HALLEL. Back to David in Psalm 65; he said “Praise waiteth for thee, O God in Sion” (v. 1), and in that wait (his desire to praise the Lord), he knew that his sin had put a roadblock to his praise. That’s where the Lord takes care of the “iniquities (that) prevail against me, as for our transgressions, thou shalt purge them away” ( v. 3). With the soul then cleansed comes the heart ready for fellowship in the courts of praise: “Blessed is the man whom thou choosest, and causest to approach unto thee, that he may dwell in thy courts” (v. 4). David then was able to “enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise” (Psalm 100:4). The Lord of our HALLEL is our praiseworthy One; oh, may it be today that you enter into His courts cleansed, being ready with a heart of praise.